Marco Pontecorvo to introduce screening of the newly restored THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS
The cinematographer Marco Pontecorvo will be in London to introduce the screening of the newly restored version of The Battle of Algiers, at the Ciné Lumière on Sunday 5th March at 2 pm.
The film is screening as part of CINEMA MADE IN ITALY (1 – 5 March),the annual showcase of Italian films organised by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà’s promotional department in Rome (Filmitalia), with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in London. Marco Pontecorvo, who is the son of the late Gillo Pontecorvo, oversaw the look of this new restoration, and it will be the very first time it is shown on the big screen in the UK.
Full programme and booking details for CINEMA MADE IN ITALY 2017: http://www.institut-francais.org.uk/cine-lumiere/whats-on/festivals-series/cinema-made-in-italy-2017/
THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (La Battaglia di Algeri)
Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo
The Battle of Algiers tells the story of the life-and-death struggle between the French colonial government of Algeria and the Algerian Liberation Front, the FLN, who wanted the French out and were willing to set off bombs to do it. The French sent in their elite Paratroopers with the order to use Any Means to break the insurgent – torture included. It’s a true story, done on location with many of the FLN appearing in it, including the producer who was an FLN leader. This film, which was first released in 1966, is a passionate yet completely impartial record of struggle which led to Algeria’s Independence.
The Battle of Algiers is distributed in the UK by CultFilms: www.cultfilms.co.uk. Digitally re-mastered in high definition from restored archive elements approved by the filmmakers, this all-time classic release of The Battle of Algiers also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence. The new version also includes some previously unseen footage, making this the most complete edition ever. The restoration was curated by Cineteca di Bologna and Istituto Luce-Cinecitta, in collaboration with Surf Film, Casbah Entertainment, and CultFilms. Running time: 121 minutes